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Aethelflaed: Royal Lady, War Lady Paperback – 10 Nov 2001

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  • Paperback: 35 pages
  • Publisher: Fenris Press (10 Nov. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1902601033
  • ISBN-13: 978-1902601038
  • Product Dimensions: 20.2 x 14.4 x 0.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 409,172 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Jane Wolfe was born in Alberta, Canada. She worked in advertising, public relations and personnel before the lure of history drove her to university. She holds an Honours B.A. in History from the University of Toronto and worked towards her M.A. in Mediaeval History through the University of Toronto and the Pontifical Institute for Mediaeval Studies. She moved to England in 1986 and lives in Chester. In 1996 she founded Fenris Press, which specializes in books relating to history.

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Æthelflæd of Wessex was born at one of the most perilous times in English history. When Horik, King of Denmark, died in 854, strong central rule disintegrated in his kingdom. After Horik's fall there was no longer a king in Denmark who could even attempt to hold his people back from the prospect of exciting and profitable adventure. Indirectly the collapse of the Danish kingdom affected many countries, but it is in England that its consequences are most clearly seen.

The first raids were opportunistic attacks against vulnerable targets, such as unfortified villages and monasteries, which offered easy access to treasure and slaves. But as time progressed so did the size of the sea armies, their tactics and their goals. In 865 a great army landed in East Anglia, prepared to spend many consecutive years in the deliberate exploitation of all the opportunities for profit which England offered.


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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. J. A. Palfree on 6 Aug. 2006
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Historical documentation is sparse for this period, particularly regarding women. If you haven't noticed that this 'book' is only 35 pages long (and that includes bibliography, maps, etc.)then you will be left, as I was, dissapointed and wanting more. More 'flesh' on the bones. More intigration with the other important people close to Aethelflaed and expansion of their relationships. As a chapter in a 'life of King Alfred' Aethelflaed's father, this would have been satisfactory but as a stand alone book, it is not enough. A fine essay, but not a 'book'. The middle aged will need their specs, the print is tiny!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By James Birney on 27 Sept. 2013
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Very disappointed in the quality.
Cracked cover down spine and very poor photocopied contents of just 26 pages !
This should have been made very clear by the seller.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sterling on 4 Oct. 2013
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More of a booklet as its small but beautifully formed, all the fact about this very important and powerful daughter of Alfred the Great.
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By Rumpty on 15 April 2015
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If it had been the first book I had read on Aethelfraed I would have given it a lower rating, but it gives additional information on this incredible lady.
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By H K Raee on 10 April 2015
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brill. love it.
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